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Citation 3 Cal.2d 635
Brennan v. American Trust Co.

Brennan v. American Trust Co. , 3 Cal.2d 635

[S. F. No. 15009. In Bank. May 21, 1935.]

JOHN J. BRENNAN et al., Appellants, v. AMERICAN TRUST COMPANY (a Corporation) et al., Respondents.


Crittenden & Bingaman for Appellants.

Redmond C. Staats, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and J. Jeff Cowen, Jr., for Respondents.



Motion to affirm judgment.

Plaintiffs owned property subject to a deed of trust in the sum of $6,200. They filed a complaint on May 12, 1933, alleging that defendant American Trust Company was threatening to sell the property, and further alleging that due to the economic depression the market for the sale of real property was poor and a sale would be inequitable. The prayer was for an injunction against sale. A demurrer to the complaint was sustained and judgment rendered in favor of defendants. While the proceeding was pending [3 Cal.2d 636] the property was sold by the trustee. Defendants herein have moved to dismiss the appeal and affirm the judgment.

[1] Not even the statutory changes in 1933, which regulate sales where deficiency judgments are sought, would, if they were applicable, authorize the relief sought here by plaintiffs. Neither legislation nor judicial decision in this state warrants interference with the normal course of a sale under a deed of trust, conducted in compliance with the law and without fraud.

It would appear, moreover, that the actual sale of the property renders this injunction proceeding moot.

The motion is granted and the judgment is affirmed.

Opinion Information
Tue, 05/21/19353 Cal.2d 635Review - Civil AppealOpinion issued

1JOHN J. BRENNAN et al., Appellants, v. AMERICAN TRUST COMPANY (a Corporation) et al. (Respondent)
2AMERICAN TRUST COMPANY (a Corporation) et al. (Respondent)

May 21 1935Opinion: Affirmed